Carolyn Carolyn Forché

Maryland, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Carolyn Forché is a poet, memoirist and human rights activist, and she is editor of two best-selling poetry anthologies, Against Forgetting and Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English: 1500-2001. Her poetry books include Gathering the Tribes, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History and Blue Hour. She has been widely honored, receiving the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and most recently, The Academy of American Poets Fellowship in Poetry for 2014. She has taught writing and literature for forty years, and has read her poetry around the world. Her poetry has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is a Professor of English at Georgetown University, where she also directs The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.



Twitter Username: @carolynforche


  • Gathering The Tribes , Yale University Press (April 1, 2012)
  • The Country Between Us , Copper Canyon Press and HarperCollins Press (March 1, 2012)
  • The Angel of History , HarperCollins (March 1, 2012)
  • Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness , W.W. Norton & Co. (January 1, 2012)
  • Blue Hour , HarperCollins (January 1, 2003)
  • Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 , W.W. Norton & Co. (January 27, 2012)


  • Yale Series of Young Poets Award(2012)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship(2012)
  • Lannan Foundation Fellowship(2012)
  • Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Award for Peace and Culture(2012)
  • Academy of American Poets Fellowship(2012)
  • Faculty Research Award, Georgetown University(2012)


  • Professor at Georgetown University (June 2008 - January 2015)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry